Clean House Survival Guide For School Holidays

Clean House Survival Guide For School Holidays

With the help of our clean house survival guide for school holidays, the upcoming vacation should be a walk in the park!

The school holidays are here and whether parents are excited or not, most will agree it’s challenging work keeping the house spotless when the little people are home every day! The weather lately is still quite good, so the holidays will probably still include plenty of outdoor fun, but on the days when it’s too cool or windy outside (or it’s raining), you can still end up with a serious mess.

Children are more than capable of helping with a variety of household tasks and most have chores each week regardless of school being in session or during the holidays. If you’re struggling with the state of your house come holiday time, however, and you’re unsure of what your children will be competent at, here’s some age-appropriate information that should help you out.

2-3 year-olds

  • Pick up toys and books.
  • Put clothes on clothes hooks.
  • Set placemats at the dinner table.

4-5 year-olds

  • Set the table for meals.
  • Help with preparing meals, under supervision.
  • Help put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready to fold.
  • Help with grocery shopping and putting away groceries.
  • Hand you wet clothes to be hung out to dry.

6-8 year-olds

  • Help with the grounds by watering the garden.
  • Water indoor plants.
  • Take care of food and clean water for pets.
  • Help carry garden refuse, under supervision.
  • Clean bathroom sink.
  • Wipe down kitchen benches.
  • Help wash and hang out clothes.
  • Help fold dry washing.
  • Mop floors.
  • Put away crockery and cutlery.
  • Do some dusting.
  • Take out rubbish.
  • Help with meal preparation and serving, under supervision.

Research has shown that the benefits of having children help around the home extend far beyond teaching them how to be good cleaners. Children learn many life skills, develop a sense of belonging and ownership, and feel that they are competent and responsible.

Motivation may be hard at first, but if presented with age-appropriate tasks and a clear explanation of the expectations involved, children will learn to appreciate being part of the running of the household! They’ll even start to see it as their moment to be a bit of a ‘grown-up.’ Make sure you always follow up with praise and focus on positive feedback.

If your house could use the help of a professional cleaner or it looks like it’s time for the carpets to have a deep clean, these aren’t jobs for kids! Give us a ring and we will bring a professional and fully-equipped cleaning team to your front door.

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Source: https://www.connectcleaning.net.au/blog/school-holidays-the-clean-house-survival-guide/

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